Bears Shutout by Harvard, 3-0

Oct. 18, 2008

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (5-5-4, 1-2-1) failed to capitalize on its early chances and dropped a 3-0 decision to visiting Harvard (7-3-3, 3-1-0) on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Despite outshooting the Crimson, 23-15, for the game, the Bears failed to find the back of the net, as they dropped their second Ivy contest of the year.

Brown dominated the opening 15 minutes of the game, firing off four shots, including three from senior Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI). However, it was Harvard that would score the game's first goal, as Christina Hagner lofted the ball over junior Brenna Hogue's (Concord, CA) head on the Crimson's first shot of the game.

Harvard nearly increased its lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute when a dangerous shot from Melanie Baskind was deflected out of the way by Hogue.

Brown appeared to have netted the equalizer late in the first half when junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) headed the ball past Laura Dale on a Bears' corner kick, but a foul call against Brown negated the goal, as the Crimson led, 1-0, heading into the break.

The second half was much more even, as each team took 12 shot, but Harvard added two more goals to its tally for the 3-0 victory. A Brown foul in the 69th minute set up a Harvard free kick from about 25 yards out. Lizzie Nichols placed her shot perfectly into the upper right corner, as the ball went in just over the outstretched arms of Hogue for the 2-0 lead.

The Bears continued to press for a goal, forcing Dale to make key saves on Cunningham and freshman Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ), but a Baskind score with just 4:24 left put the game out of reach.

Dale finished with seven saves for Harvard, while Hogue recorded five for the Bears. Brown will look to rebound next Sunday, October 26th, when it hosts Cornell in a 1:00 p.m. Ivy League contest.